Note: I’ll update the snap counts in this spreadsheet all season including the first tab tracking the season totals. While I’ll paste individual game PT in each week’s recap, I’ll likely refer to the season totals moving forward from that link. So uh, peep it.
Big week for the Los Angeles Rams’ primary WR trio of Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin and Brian Quick. All three had jumps in playing time including Quick who hit a season high at nearly 70% of the offensive snaps.
RB Just Todd Gurley dropped back under 80% for the first time since Week 2.
Rookie TE Tyler Higbee nearly crossed the 50% threshold in Week 5. This week, he was back down in the low 30s.
Perhaps a big surprise to keep in mind: rookie WR Pharoh Cooper was a healthy scratch meaning fellow rookie WR Mike Thomas, drafted two rounds after Cooper, got the action. And while special teams was likely the reason Thomas and second-year WR Bradley Marquez saw time, the two combined for 14 snaps - seven each. If we fast forward to 2017, does Cooper leapfrog the two on the depth chart? If so, is this not experience that Coop needs?
The Rams don’t really have any options at cornerback. With Trumaine Johnson out, Troy Hill and Dwayne Gratz were the only players on the roster who could take over. Hill , obviously, got picked on to great success for Detroit. I’m not sure Gratz would do much better, and throwing that in the mix for the New York Giants in Week 7 could be fantasy heaven for owners of WRs Odell Beckham, Jr., or Sterling Shepard. The issue isn’t whether you’d rather start Troy Hill or Dwayne Gratz at outside corner. The issue is that you’re in this position in the first place.
The defensive line rotation continues to be the position with the most called-upon depth. With DE William Hayes hobbled, DT Michael Brockers picking up another injury and DE Robert Quinn missing the game due to injury, I don’t expect that to change any time soon.
And rookie LB Josh Forrest is settling in to a more advanced role. Eager to see how he gets used in this stretch or if S Cody Davis regains his footing in the rotation.
Hill saw his special teams work drop significantly this week. That might have been due to his increased role at CB or it could have been a factor of Cody Davis being back.
S Marqui Christian continues to get a bunch of time with special teams.
No TE Temarrick Hemingway this week as he was on the inactives as a healthy absence.
As always, drop your observations on the playing time from this week as well as anything you’re seeing from the season snaps.